Mar 8, 2011

5 Ways To Keep Yourself Focused At Work

1 Work In Chunks

To lighten the load on your brain, it is better to segment your work into small manageable pieces. The idea is you do not want to spend an entire day working on one task non-stop. Breaking it up allows your brain to ‘breathe’ and it will reward you later with effective work. So work in small portions then leave your desk and if your lucky go outside breathe in mother nature.


2 Reward Yourself For Your Determination

It’s not really a bad thing to visit sites like Facebook, Meebo, or Twitter to get your social updates, but it’s important to not spend huge amounts of time on them, especially when your work is not complete. What I tend to do is create a set of tasks that I need to complete before I can visit any of those sites or leave my desk. If you cant stick to goals that you set try another one of these methods.


3 Find The Right Music

As for me there is no way that I can push through an entire work day of coding or designing without the appropriate music to keep me motivated. I can be wrong about this but I believe its important that whatever genre you decide to listen to, to make sure its music that can be easily filtered out while keeping the work ethic at full throttle. Finding the happy medium will increase your drive immensely and will make the day fly right by.


4 Go Incognit

If all else fails and you just cant seem to get away from the Facebook and pesky co-worker emails, you have to hide yourself. Go invisible on the instant message clients, set the away message to “BUSY, DON’T BOTHER ME”. And for those workers who love to stop by your desk, throw on those head phones so they dont feel inclined to spark up a conversation.


5 Be Interested/Passionate About Your Work

Finally the best way to be productive is to truly enjoy and be passionate about what your working on. We go to great lengths and hours of work for things that interest us. Yet we lose focus instantaneously if what we are doing is not important. It might take sometime finding interest in the work you do, you might have to just think about the big picture or maybe focus on impressing those around you (possibly a boss) to stay on track.


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Frank Chambers said...

Sounds great. I use the idea of chunking with my music students. It makes learning a long piece of music a lot easier.

Frank Chambers

silktycoon said...

Thanks for this :)